Rigell's Record: Cuts to Breast and Cervical Cancer screenings
Richmond,VA—In a continuation of Scott Rigell’s war on women, he and the rest of the Republican Washington leadership have voted to cut funding for women’s health services, including breast and cervical cancer screenings.
“I guess we shouldn’t be shocked that Scott Rigell would vote to cut funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings. This shouldn’t have anything to do with politics; this should be about proper medical care," said Ashley Bauman, Press Secretary for the Democratic Party of Virginia.
"These screenings are critical early warning systems, and following the party line at the expense of a woman’s health is simply inexcusable. Congressman Rigell needs to explain to women in Hampton Roads why he thought the federal budget couldn’t afford breast and cervical cancer screenings but could afford $4 billion a year in tax breaks to the big oil companies that he has voted seven times to protect.”
Scott Rigell and almost every House Republican voted to eliminate the Title X Family Planning program, which represents a cut of $317 million for FY2010. Title X Family Planning Program was signed into law by President Richard Nixon and provided family planning services, breast cancer and cervical cancer screenings, and other preventative health care to low-income women in need. Title X-funded health centers serve more than five million individuals per year. [Link to vote: Vote #147]